So after assessing the pros and cons of adopting a dog as a puppy, you’ve decided that you’re ready for puppyhood and the challenges that come along with it. The next step you must take in your puppy finding journey is deciding what type of dog breed you’re going to get. When deciding on a dog breed, you may initially start thinking of the cutest possible dog you can get. While it is great to find a dog breed you think is cute, there are many more factors that should go into your dog choosing decision. Here are some factors you may want to consider when choosing a dog breed.
One of the first things you should consider when picking out a dog breed is the size of dog you want. Dogs can range greatly in size—from a Chihuahua weighing in at single digits to a several hundred pound Saint Bernard. If you live somewhere with a smaller amount of space such as an apartment, you may want to consider getting a small to medium dog so they have enough room to live comfortably. If you have a big house and backyard, you may have a lot more leeway to get a bigger or even giant dog.
Another important factor you should consider when deciding on a dog breed is what your lifestyle is like. When you get your dog as a puppy, you will likely have them for a long span of time. Since you’ll have your dog in your life for so long, you’ll want to make sure that they comfortably suit your lifestyle so that you can both have your needs met and live in unison. For example, if you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato and enjoy watching movies and staying home, a more relaxed breed like a Bull Dog or a Basset Hound may be your best companion. On the other hand,
if you’re a high energy person that loves hiking and outdoor adventures, something like a Golden Retriever or Poodle might make a great pal for you.
Though it may not be a qualifier you think of right off the bat, you should also consider the amount of grooming and maintenance that you’re willing to put into maintaining your dog.
Though fluffy dog breeds like Huskies and Chow Chows are cute, they are also a lot of work to maintain. When you have a fluffy dog, you must make sure to consistently brush them, as well as
bathe them and trim their fur when it gets long. When this grooming is neglected, it can lead to uncomfortable matts and tangles that can be hard to remove. Having a fluffy dog also ensures that you will often have to sweep up lots of fur in your home, so if you’re a clean freak a shorter haired dog may be your best option.
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